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1962 Chrysler 300 Convertible, 12/26, Engine Done!

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1962 Chrysler 300 Convertible, 12/26, Engine Done!
Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:54 PM

I've been wanting to build a '62 Chrysler for many years but could never get past the '65 Chrysler promo interior included in all of the later Johan "USA Oldies" kits.

So when I got lucky enough to trade for this original '62 300 convertible with the correct interior & an up top to boot, I dove right in.

I started with some necessary mods that included moving the entire top forward to get it to clear the trunk lid, which required cutting back the front & the side "sail panels" to correct the rear quarter window openings.

While I was at it, I added the correct chrome band at the front of the top & added the top boot snap trim & the snaps.

I'm currently adding a bunch of under hood details & reworking the rear package shelf.

Hopefully I'll finish up with the modifications this week so I can start getting the body prepped for paint.

The engine will be the available, but apparently non-existant 413 Cross Ram engine.

Evidently, the car was able to be ordered with the 413 or 426 with the "Long Ram" induction system, but there seems to be no definative proof that any were ever ordered this way.

The first couple of shots are the "before" pics.

The rest are after some modifications.

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:56 PM

A couple more pics.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:02 PM

These show the added "snap" detail & the added mods under the hood.

I added a new top for the radiator brace, supports along the fenders for the hood and a panel for the top of the grille.

I have made a few other small parts that will be added upon assembly.

 

Steve

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Posted by montelsc on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:13 PM

Nice are you keeping the same color??

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:31 PM

montelsc

Nice are you keeping the same color??

 

No.

This turquoise is the color of the plastic.

I think I'm going with bright red with a tan interior, & either a tan or black top.

 

Steve

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:11 AM

G'day Steve.  I like 60's Mopars, and I'm always impressed with your builds, so I'll be following this one closely.  Where are you sourcing the long ram induction V8?  Cheers, and thanx.

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:13 AM

nottheband

G'day Steve.  I like 60's Mopars, and I'm always impressed with your builds, so I'll be following this one closely.  Where are you sourcing the long ram induction V8?  Cheers, and thanx.

Steve

 

The Ram intake came with the original kit.

All of these old Johan Chrysler kits, from '62 to '68 came with that intake as the "custom" option.

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by peanutgallery on Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:31 AM

Steve....you may have the best collection of 60's model cars on the planet.....

Dennis

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:10 PM

peanutgallery

Steve....you may have the best collection of 60's model cars on the planet.....

 

I doubt it.

One of each is all I need! Big Smile

I hope to finish them all someday so I can get back to building some modern kits. Smile

 

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:47 PM

The 413 Long Ram Induction engine was available from Modelhaus.

High octane

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:59 PM

High octane

The 413 Long Ram Induction engine was available from Modelhaus.

 

Never seen one, but my guess would be that if they make one, it's probably a copy of the Johan peices.

 

Steve

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Posted by nottheband on Friday, July 01, 2016 1:26 AM

Goofy62

 

 

 

 

 

The Ram intake came with the original kit.

 

All of these old Johan Chrysler kits, from '62 to '68 came with that intake as the "custom" option.

 Steve

 

Thanx Steve, I've never seen an old Johan kit and I didn't even know if they had engines or not.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, July 01, 2016 8:15 AM

nottheband

 

 
Goofy62

 

 

 

 

 

The Ram intake came with the original kit.

 

All of these old Johan Chrysler kits, from '62 to '68 came with that intake as the "custom" option.

 Steve

 

 

Thanx Steve, I've never seen an old Johan kit and I didn't even know if they had engines or not.  Cheers.

Steve

 

It will be exactly the same engine that was used in my '64 Chrysler.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, July 11, 2016 7:51 PM

Got some color on & started clear coating.

Had a little issue with the hood so it's behind schedule. Smile

 

Steve

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Posted by Sandcast on Sunday, July 17, 2016 6:34 PM

great color

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:35 AM

Goofy62
 
High octane

The 413 Long Ram Induction engine was available from Modelhaus.

 

 

 

Never seen one, but my guess would be that if they make one, it's probably a copy of the Johan peices.

 

 

Steve

 

I have one of them from Modelhaus for a kit I have stashed, and yes it's a copy off a Johan kit.  Glad I bought it several years ago. Planning ahead pays off Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, November 19, 2016 6:02 PM

Still plugging along on this one, but slowly.

Got the body polished & some of it foiled, & got a start on the interior.

The embossing powder carpets were a real pain on this one!

A lot of nooks & crannies to get into.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, November 20, 2016 7:23 AM

Looking great.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:57 PM

Spent pretty much all day today figuring out a solution to the molded in headlight dilema.

I've played around with various techniques to remedy this situation, & I think I've finally settled on a good one.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by nottheband on Sunday, November 20, 2016 11:02 PM

Very nice, Steve, I'm tagging along with this Mopar.  So what was your headlight trick?  Cheers, and thanx

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, November 21, 2016 12:00 AM

nottheband

Very nice, Steve, I'm tagging along with this Mopar.  So what was your headlight trick?  Cheers, and thanx

Steve

 

Aluminum tubing for the trim ring with a smaller diameter of aluminum tubing slid inside for the lenses to seat on.

A piece of plastic rod inside of that for a reflector, & lenses cast in "Laser Bond".

 

Steve

 

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Posted by nottheband on Monday, November 21, 2016 6:32 PM

That's a clever solution, Steve, and the finished lights look very realistic.  Thanx for sharing your technique, much appreciated.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, November 28, 2016 11:16 PM

Finished up the dashboard tonight.

I added a horn ring, which the kit did not have.

I also added the transparent section to the top of the steering wheel & a collar at the base of the steering column.

The tough part was the clear "bubble" covering the instrument cluster.

I fashioned that from a piece of "blister pack".

 

Steve

 

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Posted by nottheband on Monday, November 28, 2016 11:25 PM

Impressive, Steve, love the transparent top section of the wheel.  Did these have the dashboard mounted rear view mirror?  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:06 AM

nottheband

Impressive, Steve, love the transparent top section of the wheel.  Did these have the dashboard mounted rear view mirror?  Cheers

Steve

 

Yes, I believe that they did have the dash mounted mirror.

That will be something I will add at final assembly.

I'll have to make one first! Smile

 

Steve

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:20 PM

That is, without a doubt, the finest build of a JoHan '62 Chrysler 300 I have ever seen!!!!

 

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:26 PM

I cannot wait to see it finished!!!

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:58 PM

Ron Hamilton

I cannot wait to see it finished!!!

 

 

You and me both!! Smile

 

Steve

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, December 01, 2016 8:26 AM

First one I've seen with a 'vert top - very, very nice.Thumbs Up

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by dimaxion on Thursday, December 01, 2016 2:09 PM

The wags call this the Juke Box dash . So let's rock around the JukeBox around the clock .. Whilitzer on :) 

Thanx ..

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